Virginia, US

Austria Immigration Services

If your company is sending employees to Austria — Fragomen is here to help. Working closely with our Local Advisors in Austria, we provide the immigration strategies and support you need to get your employees on the ground as quickly as possible.  If you have any questions, please click here to contact us.

Business visitors to Austria typically use a local version of the Schengen C Visa, unless they are visa exempt based on their nationality. The Schengen Area limits stays to 90 days in a 180-day period. However, business visits to Austria must be limited to three to five cumulative business days.

The main work authorization types in Austria are:
(1) The Short-Term Work/Secondment Permit for stays of up to four or six months. The Secondment Permit is suitable for stays under four months for projects that do not exceed six months. The Short-Term Work Permit can be used for stays up to six months.
(2) The EU Blue Card is for highly skilled local hires who meet a high-salary threshold.
(3) The Red-White-Red Card is for locally hired key personnel with long-term accommodation.
(4) The EU Intracompany Transferee (ICT) Permit is for intracompany transfers of managers, specialists, and trainees.

EU/European Economic Area/Swiss nationals on assignment or secondment​, non-EU nationals working for an EU/EEA/Swiss employer, and mobile EU ICT Permit holders working in Austria for less than 90 days must complete a KIAB/ZKO Declaration to be compliant.

Note that the allowable scope and duration of business visits is very limited. Work permits are, therefore, often required for business visits. Austria also has strict document retention requirements and high penalties for noncompliance.​

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